So I'll start with a review of the week, but may have to post some back stories later so that you can all catch up. Prior to that, long story short, whisky cyclist had bike stolen in Elgin two weeks ago and had to continue a cycling tour of Scotland without a bike - more details of that and other events in the back stories (probably).
Needed to be mentioned as otherwise it doesn't make sense that I bought a bike this week. I have two other bikes, but the stolen one was my mountain bike, and I've kinda got used to it - not for a lot of off roading, but to allow me to be more confident off tarmac if the need arises.
Having established that the local bike shop (Drakes) still had a 2011 Scott Aspect 30 (the model stolen), I thought I should replace like for like - order placed Monday - I needed some extras - mudguards (i don't like getting muddy) and a rack (it needs to do the shopping and take my bags round Scotland after all).